Design of Breakwaters

Get ready to design breakwaters, evaluate them and supervise the construction.

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For whom?

This course is useful for engineers involved in the design of  breakwaters and/or the supervision of construction of them. Knowledge of the coastal processes such as wind, waves, tides and tidal currents is necessary.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 02 March 2020
End: 13 March 2020
Deadline IHE application: 01 February 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1940

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand the difference between alternative types of breakwaters and governing factors for their selection; Design breakwaters from conceptual to detailed and prepare the layouts and detailed cross-sections.
  2. Learning objectives Understand the basic principles of physical scale model and know how to design such a model to test the design of Breakwaters

Course content

This course is delivered by world–renowned Professor Jentsje van der Meer. He will share his valuable experience with the participants and teach them state of the art methods to design breakwaters amongst others based on the newly published literature such as “EurTop 2018 edition” and “Design and Construction of Berm Breakwaters”. Participants will receive a softcopy of both books at the beginning of the course.

This course includes a real case assignment, participants will design a breakwater under the supervision of the lecturers and will present and discuss their design on the last day of the course.


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